In today’s news bulletin:
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is in Beirut under a title he clearly declared: Solidarity with the long-suffering Lebanese.
The title is attractive and expressive, and describes the reality of the situation of the Lebanese. But do the Lebanese still need descriptions, or practical measures and decisions? Even decisions alone are no longer sufficient. It needs executive mechanisms and practical measures so that it does not remain on paper. The most important resolution for the Lebanese today is Resolution 1559, which stipulates the unity of arms over Lebanese territory, and in which the UN Security Council called for the disbanding and disarming of all Lebanese militias, and supported the extension of the Lebanese government’s control over all Lebanese territory.
Does Antonio Guterres have the intention and the tools to achieve this? If not, his visit will not have any strategic practical results. Of course, international support is important at this stage, especially on the economic level. But it will be wasted if he does not focus on the core and root of the problem: Hezbollah.
Hezbollah’s performance in Lebanon and the Arab region is what brought Lebanon to what it has reached. And Hezbollah’s futile battles everywhere have plunged the Lebanese into an internecine war with poverty, hunger, humiliation, frustration and emigration. Hezbollah’s dependence on Iran and its belief in the theory of the guardian al-faqih made Lebanon lose its Arab embrace, especially the Gulf one, and made it turn into a state on the path of failure, not to say an absolute failed state.
Will Mr. Guterres proclaim these harsh, difficult facts, and rouse the entire international community about them? If he does not, then Lebanon, whether we like it or not, is on the path of collapse and disintegration, and we will remain, as long as God wills, hostage to Hezbollah’s weapons, and hostage to the lie of the “resistance” theory.